The Little Epicurean

Thanksgiving Cocktail: Cranberry Orange Bourbon

I’ll have an old fashioned, please!

That’s my signature drink.  Without a doubt, unless we’re at a place that has fantastic wine, you betcha I’m ordering an old fashioned.

There’s something about orange and bourbon that just works well together.  However, one and half of an old fashioned and I’m out.  It’s quite a stiff drink and that simply can’t do for the holidays.  I need something a little more tame that will allow me stay awake and be festive and merry with family and friends.  This cranberry orange bourbon is my stand-in cocktail this Thanksgiving.

Cranberry Orange Bourbon

Playing off the orange and bourbon combination, this cocktail combines orange juice with my one of my favorite bourbons EVER, Jefferson’s Reserve.  In keeping with the orange theme, I’ve used a simple syrup incorporated with orange peels and ginger.  And finally, to top this fabulous cocktail, it will be garnished with dried orange crisps and brandied cranberries.  Sound good to you?

Persimmon Steel Cut Oatmeal

Waking up at the crack of dawn is not something I look forward to.  Especially now that it’s finally chilly in LA, all I want to do at 5 am is stay warm in my cozy bed.  I have to set multiple alarms on running days, otherwise I’ll never get up.  I often use coffee

Nov 17 2014

Gluten-Free Brûlée Cheesecake Brownies + A Giveaway

Brulee Cheesecake Brownies (gluten-free)

Food allergies and food sensitivities are real. I’m lactose-intolerant, my stomach can’t digest certain shellfish, and raw celery makes me itchy.  (I thought I just didn’t like celery, but it turns out my brother also has the same reaction.)  Luckily, I am able to enjoy my favorite dairy desserts thanks to lactase pills.  A world

Nov 13 2014

Mint Hot Chocolate

Mint Hot Chocolate

On chilly nights, there is nothing quite as comforting as a mug of hot chocolate.  None of that instant powdered hot cocoa that you mix with water.  I’m talking about real deal hot chocolate made with milk, cream, and chocolate. Earlier this month, Seattle Chocolates reached out to tell me about their #ChocolateGives campaign this

Nov 11 2014

Natural Kitchen Air Freshener

DIY holiday air freshener

While I love all the cooking and baking that goes on during the holidays, at the end of the day, I can’t stand the smell of the kitchen. Let’s consider a plausible Thanksgiving scenario at my mom’s house.  I’ll arrive early in the morning with a batch of rolls ready to be baked.  By mid-morning

Something Sweet